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Premier Communications announces Gigabit Internet Speed Capabilities and availability to 16 area schools

Lyon County News, Inc. of George, Iowa

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Announcement brings Governor Branstad & Lieut. Governor Kim Reynolds to Premier Communications.

SIOUX CENTER, IA., — Premier Communications, the leader in voice, video and data services in Northwest Iowa, announces a fiber-optic-enabled network capable of 1 gigabit per second Internet speeds. Premier has spent more than 10 years installing fiber-optics to homes and businesses providing customers with access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the U.S.

In addition, Premier Communications has been formally recognized by the NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association, which represents a group of over 900 telecommunications companies, as a certified Gig-capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in 22 Northwest Iowa communities.

"I applaud Premier Communications for its commitment to delivering the Internet's fastest speeds — an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances of serving rural and remote communities," said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. "By building a gigabit-capable network, Premier has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to promote economic development in their communities."

As part of Premier's commitment to their service communities, 16 Northwest Iowa schools now have Gigabit Internet speeds. Premier will be hosting a celebratory event honoring these 16 schools on October 28. Attending the event, will be Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds along with many local business leaders and representatives from the area schools. This event is the kick-off for a multi-year initiative by Premier Communications to provide Gigabit Internet speeds to their customers. This Gigabit service will be called Gig-X.

"Premier Communication's 'looking ahead' moto really drives the way we do business as a high-performing technology company," notes Premier Communication's Chief

Executive Officer Doug Boonea "We believe that our large fiber network and new Gigabit capabilities offer our residents and businesses a unique opportunity to access state-or-the-art connectivity, and compete in the 21st Century innovation economy. We are excited to celebrate with our schools and honored that the State of Iowa is supporting and encouraging this initiative."

Despite having a largely rural service area, Premier Communications illustrates the importance of being connected and shows other cities, towns and counties that they can also build the infrastructure needed for a gigabit network.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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